The large Russian contingent at the Qatar Total Open will be torn tomorrow when two of their countrywomen vie for the 2008 title. Vera Zvonareva won her break-filled match against an ailing (respiratory virus) Li Na, and Maria Sharapova defeated Agnieszka Radwanska.
Both matches were worth watching. Li outplayed Zvonareva in terms of shot-making, but her tendency to make unforced errors--undoubtedly made worse by her illness-caused her to come up short. Sharapova had to work to put Radwanska away, but she did it in straight sets.
Sharapova leads, 4-3, head-to-head with Zvonareva.
Zvonareva def. Li, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Sharapova def. Radwanska, 6-4, 6-3